The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

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Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.



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Complete credited cast:
Bud Gurney
Patricia Smith ...
Mirror Girl
Bartlett Robinson ...
Benjamin Frank Mahoney, President Ryan Airlines Co.
Marc Connelly ...
Father Hussman
Arthur Space ...
Donald Hall, Chief Engineer Ryan Airlines
Charles Watts ...
O.W. Schultz, Salesman Atlas Suspender Co.


Biography of Charles Lindburgh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Written by Paul Emmons <>

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20 April 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lindbergh - Mein Flug über den Ozean  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Stewart, who was portraying Charles A. Lindbergh at the age of 25, was 47 when the film was made. See more »


From 1925 to 1934, there was an electric sign on the Eiffel Tower that said "Citroen". In the scene of the night landing, when he flew over Paris, the sign would have easily been visible. See more »


[first lines]
Reporter: [checking his copy] Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
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Rio Rita
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Played on a phonograph when Lindbergh is trying to rest before the flight
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" But it's got to be tried, until it's accomplished! Don't you understand that ? "
10 March 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The word impossible has led many to select a particular view concerning any incredible task. In 1927, it was believed no man could fly the breath of the Atlantic Ocean. Many had tried but failed and some even gave their lives to the effort. Nevertheless, it had to be done as every challenge needs to be met with equal determination. Such then is the heart of this movie called "The Spirit of St. Louis." The actor chosen for this historic film is none other than America's own James Stewart who convincingly plays Charles Lindbergh. Although there are many facets of Lindbergh's life, the segment featured here is his efforts to be the First Man to fly across the Atlantic. The story is an interesting one and for Stewards' fans compelling to say the least. Seeking enough funds to build a special aircraft, to the fateful decision to began the journey on a gloomy day in May 1927, 'Luck Lindy' as he was christened, endured enormous risks, which are featured in this superb film. Other notables which helped make this film believable are Murray Hamilton who plays Bud Gurney, Bartlett Robinson as Ben Mahoney, Arthur Space and Charles Watts as O.W. Schultz. The sum total of this now famous movie is that despite poor endorsement on its debut, it has since become a Classic in it's own right. Well done! ****

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